Here's another passage I had to cut from The Grievers when I changed Charley's job from being a teacher to being a human dollar sign. Of course, I probably would have cut this passage regardless. I think it's a little to "meta," since Charley and his students are discussing his life as if it's a…Read more A Kind of Jesus Figure
The elevator pitch can be more than a marketing tool. In fact, it can be the star that guides you through the countless rounds of revision you do before the manuscript goes in front of an agent or editor -- and the countless more you'll do after it's been accepted for publication.
In an earlier draft of The Grievers, the narrator's life was closer to my own than in the version that eventually found its way to publication. One major similarity was that Charley and I were both teachers -- a detail I changed for both dramatic and comedic effect when I gave him a job as…Read more Getting Far
On Friday night, I had the good fortune of seeing the Madhouse Theater Company perform a short piece that I had written called "Whatever." It was the third piece of mine that they had done, and I've always been blown away by seeing the group in action. But it's not just just seeing my words…Read more Plays Well With Others